Armin Shimerman, the current undergraduate professor of Shakespeare at USC and an actor of countless Shakespearian productions, unlocks Shakespeare’s language by the understanding of Rhetoric – the essential actor’s need for communicating characters’ intentions. With that, he gives you the Elizabethan view of the world including religion, history, and Theatre. If you are an actor who fears the Bard of Avon, he will tame him for you. If you are well-versed in the Classics, he can make you many times better. His classes are small, you will work every week and say, “Why did no one ever teach me this before?”
* Please note that there will be no class the week of November 20-24.
(Associate Artistic Director, Co-Director of the Crucible, and Shakespeare teacher at Antaeus)He is a highly regarded actor and is best known to television audiences as Quark, on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Last year, he portrayed Leo Tolstoy in “Discord” for both the Noho Arts Theater and the Geffen Theater. Broadway – Joe Papp’s Three Penny Opera, Circle-in-the-Square’s St. Joan, Richard Rodgers’ I Remember Mama, and George Abbott’s Broadway. Selected Regional Theatre – San Diego Repertory Theater: where he played the role of Lear’s Fool, Marius in Fugard’s Road to Mecca, and was honored for his blind Irishman in Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer (San Diego Critics Circle Award for best actor); San Diego Old Globe: Richard III, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Merry Wives of Windsor; American Shakespeare Festival: Henry V; Indiana Repertory Theatre: Hoagy, Bix, Wolfgang Beethoven Bunkhouse; Guthrie Theatre: Three Penny Opera, Camille, Wild Oats. Selected Los Angeles Theatre – Matrix Theatre: Birthday Party (LA Drama Critics Circle Nom. Lead Performance); Theatricum Botanicum: Hamlet,As You Like It; Odyssey Theatre: Misalliance, Juno and the Paycock (with his wife, Kitty Swink), Standup Shakespeare; Mark Taper: Richard II. At Antaeus, he has performed in Seagull, Macbeth and many Classic Fests. TV: 80 different Guest Star roles, including Antaeus the Nox on Stargate, Principal Snyder on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Judge Hooper on Boston Legal, and recently on CSI, Castle, and Franklin and Bash. As a voice-over artist, he was the long running voice of General Skarr on three different animated shows while in the field of games, he has participated in over two dozen, acclaimed for his voicing of Dr. Nefarious in the Ratchet and Clank franchise as well as Andrew Ryan in the Bioshock series.